Members of Science Heads traveled to John Day, Oregon and Idaho Falls, Idaho to observe the total solar eclipse. It was the first total solar eclipse that most of us had the opportunity to experience, and was definitely worth the time and travel needed to see this amazing natural phenomenon.
Executive Director, Richard Stember took the Mobile Observatory on the long journey to the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls to broadcast the eclipse live on NASA TV. He was interviewed twice by the Fox channel out of Salt Lake City, UT.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) produced a video featuring our mobile observatory, which was seen during the eclipse coverage on NASA TV. Unfortunately only half of it was played during the live eclipse coverage because of a technical problem.
Meanwhile, Michal Peri organized an expedition attended by thirty people, including two other board members, James and Rebecca Hammond, to the town of John Day, Oregon. James was able to capture some images of the eclipse, which you can see at the end of the photo gallery, below.
All of us had an incredible time, and are making plans to seeing totality again! Get ready, everyone, because the next American total solar eclipse is April 8, 2024. (And if you just can’t wait, there are two in South America in 2019 and 2020.)
The Mobile Observatory rests briefly in Arches National Park on its journey to Idaho Falls.
Science Heads’ Mobile Observatory outside the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls.
Our Mobile Observatory parked outside the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls
Our solar telescopes are mounted on the pier inside the Mobile Observatory
Crowd waits for total eclipse outside the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls.
Science Heads Executive Director Richard Stember prepares the Mobile Observatory’s solar telescopes for broadcasting the eclipse.
The crowd outside the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls watches the progress of the eclipse.
Richard Stember checks the progress of the eclipse from the door of the Mobile Observatory
Small gaps in the tree canopy work as pinholes to show crescent images of the partly-eclipsed Sun.
The sky in Idaho Falls darkens as the Moon nears complete coverage of the Sun.
Total solar eclipse over the Mobile Observatory in Idaho Falls.
Solar Eclipse forms a “Diamond Ring” just before totality, observed from John Day, Oregon
Solar eclipse at totality. The corona becomes visible as the Moon blocks the Sun’s photosphere completely. Observed at John Day, Oregon.
Solar Eclipse forms a “Diamond Ring” just after totality, observed from John Day, Oregon